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Signs That Your Neck Pain Should Be Seen by a Neck and Spine Specialist

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Signs That Your Neck Pain Should Be Seen by a Neck and Spine Specialist

It can have debilitating and catastrophic effects on your daily life due to acute or chronic pain in the neck, lumbar spine, cervical spine, or thoracic spine. No matter the cause of the back and neck pain, it needs to be alleviated as soon as possible to minimize the effects that it can have. Patients with back and neck pain typically feel unable to move easily or participate in their regular activities due to the discomfort.

There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments available for those suffering from neck pain, and it is critical to discuss these treatment options with certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeons. As all spine specialists are well-aware, each patient is unique and deserves to have a customized treatment plan to alleviate the chronic pain they are feeling.

At New York Spine Specialist, our team of medical professionals is well-versed and trained in various treatment options and therapies that may prove extremely useful in the pursuit of relief from chronic pain in the neck. From physical therapy to minimally invasive spine surgery, your spine surgeon and medical staff will work closely with you to ensure that you get the relief and pain management you so desperately need.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

There are many ways that neck pain can begin, and each patient will have a unique situation. In general, though, neck pain is typically caused by the following circumstances:

  • Sports injuries
  • Auto accidents or other trauma
  • Infections such as meningitis
  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive motions (such as occupational activities or certain sports)
  • Sleeping awkwardly
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis


Suppose you believe that the pain you are experiencing may be caused by these or another situation. In that case, you must consult with spine specialists who can provide an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan that will reduce or eliminate your pain.

Spine Specialists Should Check Signs of Your Neck Pain.

While all neck pain is generally pretty annoying and can be quite devastating if left unchecked, there are certain signs that the pain you are experiencing needs to be diagnosed by a trained professional spinal expert such as ours at New York Spine Specialist.
Here are some of the warning signs that the neck pain you are feeling could be a symptom of something worse:

  • Severe trauma sustained from a serious injury such as an auto accident or fall
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Aversion to bright lights
  • Difficulty when attempting to move limbs
  • Constant pain
  • Fever
  • Medical care from your primary physician has not provided any relief
  • Lethargic feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in mood or attitude


If you are experiencing any or all of these above symptoms, they may indicate something much more serious going on with your body. Our New York Spine Specialist doctors will begin treatment with minimally invasive procedures depending on your spine injuries. We will only recommend spine surgery if the conservative care approaches do not seem to be affecting.

Nonsurgical and Surgical Treatment Options for Spinal Cord and Neck Pain

As with other physical issues which cause pain (even referred pain) or nerve compression, spinal disorders will have many different treatment options. At New York Spine Specialist, our multi-disciplinary spine center will discuss several options that may be included in your treatment plan.

Some of these options for spine conditions include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care and other forms of physical medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural steroidal injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Spinal surgery


The appropriate treatment will depend on the results of a physical examination of an individual patient. From pinched nerves to spinal deformities, our New York Spine Specialist team has the skills, training, and knowledge to diagnose your situation and determine the best treatment for you.

We understand how challenging it can be to deal with the effects of various neck conditions, and we work diligently to ensure that you can get back to your normal life as soon as possible. When it comes to spinal procedures, we also realize that many patients may be hesitant about the effects of surgical techniques, and our staff will talk with you to make sure you feel comfortable with our recommended treatments.

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery an Option?

Although it will usually never be our first option when a patient comes to us with neck pain, minimally invasive spine surgery can be an option if our doctors determine that it will benefit the patient. At New York Spine Specialist, our spine surgeons never put our patients at risk, so the decision to opt for spine surgery is a serious choice that we do not make lightly.

Contact Our Spine Care Experts at New York Spine Specialist

If you are experiencing serious neck pain caused by any previously listed reasons or your unique circumstances, contact New York Spine Specialist. We have a physician and surgical team that works with each other to develop a tailored plan for every patient’s particular needs. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality spine and neck care to our patients so that they can find the pain relief they need.

The spine doctors at New York Spine Specialist have a program designed to improve your outcomes through patient education and treatment. Our goal is to improve your overall life through pain reduction, pain management techniques, and enhanced functionality. No one should have to endure chronic pain in the neck or back without relief.

Contact New York Spine Specialist today to schedule your appointment with our specialized spinal team. We look forward to helping you improve your life and reduce your pain.